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From the Zombie Apocalypse to Election Day, an Audio Academy Fellow Reflects on Her Experience at KALW
By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW Audience Supported Public Media and Liza Ramrayka, Audio Academy Fellow ‘21 Just wanted to get into a regular groove, sharing what’s going on at KALW. Here are some thoughts from Audio Academy fellow Liza Ramrayka: What an unforgettable year to start at KALW’s Audio Academy. From pandemic to wildfires to the most consequential election of our times, the past two months (is it really only two months?) have been a whirlwind of Zoom rooms and Slack chats as we’ve embarked on this virtual learning...read more
“Lockdown” is the Collins Dictionary Word of 2020, but it’s “Vote” to Oakland International High School Students
By Martha Sessums, President, ACE Leave it to 2020 to have a word like “lockdown” as the Collins Dictionary Word of the Year. The definition is “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction and access to public spaces.” But hearing and reading conversations with Oakland International High School (OIHS) administrators and students, I think their Word of the Year would be “vote.” These students and administrators support the state and federal lockdown requirements to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus,...read more
Election Reports by KALW Audio Academy Fellows and Grads was Truly By, About and For Local Communities
By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW, Audience Supported Public Media It’s been a week since Election Day, 2020. Somehow, as with so many things this year, it already seems like it’s been much longer. While we’re definitely looking ahead, I’d like to take a quick moment to reflect upon how KALW covered the night. Our station began live broadcasting at 4pm Pacific, with some of our local hosts trading off with NPR‘s journalists in discussing the early returns and unfolding storylines. When polls closed on the West...read more